I rarely talk about this, because it is mildly embarrassing, but one of my hobbies is collecting girls' comics. I liked boys' comics when I was a boy, and I read them, but I was fascinated by girls' comics. I didn't like all the army stuff in the boys' comics (though I lapped up laser beams and monsters). I found the girls' comics gentler. And I suppose my contrarianism came into play. My collection started through holding onto my sisters' old issues.
I now have hundreds of issues of Mandy, Bunty, Jackie, My Little Pony, Care Bears, and other titles. They can be picked up very cheaply at car booth sales and similar places. It's not like I've spent hundreds of euro on them, or anything like that.
A friend who knows about this mentioned it to a radio researcher and the upshot was that I was invited to speak about it on the Newstalk radio light entertainment show, Freaky Friday. I recorded it last week and it's going to be broadcast next Friday. I'll give a link when it appears. Apparently it's only going to be a short segment.
I actually used the occasion to argue for the validity of gender roles, but I'm half-expecting that to be cut. The interviewer didn't seem terribly interested.